Silver Arrows at the 2012 Goodwood Revival – Auto Union Type A, 1934
Originally manufactured in 1934, the Auto Union Type A was designed by Ferdinand Porsche. It had a 4.4-litre V16 engine that sat behind the driver in order to capitalize on weight distribution.
During the 1934 Avus race, the new Auto Union racing cars put up a most impressive show. Even during practice, Hans Stuck’s average lap speed of 245 km/h had made it clear who was the fastest contender. Although the race itself was held in heavy rain, Auto Union outpaced the other entrants. By the tenth lap, Stuck had built up a whole minute’s lead over his nearest rivals – but then a fault developed.
Though the Type A would become successful in breaking three world records, its speed was inferior to the front-engine design of its rival, Mercedes-Benz. Thus, Ferdinand Porsche was forced to redesign the Silver Arrow with a speed increase as the highest priority.
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